House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is threatening to impeach Merrick Garland after whistleblower testimony alleged the attorney general had interfered in a criminal investigation to protect the Biden family.
House Ways and Means Committee chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) released whistleblower testimonies last week that alleged Garland interfered with Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss’ investigation into Hunter Biden.
The allegations are against Garland along with the Department of Justice and they include denying a request for special counsel protection and blocking indictments against Hunter in Washington, D.C., and California.
“We need to get to the facts, and that includes reconciling these clear disparities. U.S. Attorney David Weiss must provide answers to the House Judiciary Committee,” McCarthy said on Twitter. “If the whistleblowers’ allegations are true, this will be a significant part of a larger impeachment inquiry into Merrick Garland’s weaponization of DOJ.”
Ian Sams, spokesman for the White House counsel’s office, responded to McCarthy in a statement on Monday.
“Speaker McCarthy and the extreme House Republicans are proving they have no positive agenda to actually help the American people on the issues most important to them and their families,” he said. “Perhaps Congressional Republicans are desperate to distract from their own plan to give even more tax cuts to the wealthy and big corporations and add more than $3 trillion to the deficit.”
Garland denied the recent allegations and said that Weiss was given full authority to bring whatever charges in any jurisdiction he chose. Garland also denied ever receiving a request to confer special counsel status on Weiss.
House Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) raised the prospect of impeaching the president if the whistleblower allegations are verified.
“If the facts show that there’s high crimes, misdemeanors, bribery, treason, whatever, if the facts show that there is the crime there that warrants impeachment, then our duty compels us,” Jordan stated.
We need to get to the facts, and that includes reconciling these clear disparities. U.S. Attorney David Weiss must provide answers to the House Judiciary Committee.
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— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) June 25, 2023
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